Thursday Night Games in Athens?

It just hit me that tonight’s Auburn v. Mississippi State game will be the second SEC game in a row on a Thursday night. After tonight, the only other SEC game will be when Georgia State visits Alabama on November 18.

ESPN Thursday night games are known for their good matchups of 2nd or 3rd place teams in a conference.  They may not always have national significance, but the games are definitely important to individual conference standings.  I don’t know why, but the two games that I remember the most on Thursday nights in recent years have been the 2006 Rutgers/Louisville game (Rutgers beat the then #3 Cardinals) and last year’s Tech/Clemson game (where Clemson almost came back and won).

The rest of this year’s Thursday night games:

9/16/2010 7:30 PM Cincinnati at NC State ESPN Thurs
9/23/2010 7:30 PM Miami at Pittsburgh ESPN Thurs
9/30/2010 7:30 PM Texas A&M at Oklahoma State ESPN Thurs
10/7/2010 7:30 PM Nebraska at Kansas State ESPN Thurs
10/14/2010 7:30 PM South Florida at West Virginia ESPN Thurs
10/21/2010 9:00 PM UCLA at Oregon ESPN Thurs
10/28/2010 7:30 PM Florida State at NC State ESPN Thurs
11/4/2010 7:30 PM Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech ESPN Thurs
11/11/2010 7:30 PM Pittsburgh at Connecticut ESPN Thurs
11/18/2010 7:30 PM Georgia State at Alabama ESPN Thurs
11/18/2010 8:00 PM UCLA at Washington ESPN Thurs
11/25/2010 8:00 PM Texas A&M at Texas ESPN Thurs
12/2/2010 8:00 PM Arizona State at Arizona ESPN Thurs

Since Thursday nights are the beginning of the weekend anyway, why can’t we have a game on Thursday night at UGA?

There are, however, two sides to a Thursday night game:

Good

– Its a Thursday night game. That’s football earlier in the week. Works for me!

Bad

– With this UGA Administration and something called academics, we won’t have a Thursday night game.  Unless they canceled class on Friday like Bama did this year, professors would nail us with a test that Friday after.

– Thursday night games are typically reserved for schools that we probably won’t watch on Saturday, thus schools schedule games earlier in the week to get the exposure. Or for ESPN to get more ratings. Or for Spurrier’s sake, to get 2 extra days to realize he won’t beat UGA again.

When I started typing this post I really thought that they would be more benefits to a Thursday game, but I guess not. I’m honestly content with watching these good games in preparation for Saturday between Hedges. What do y’all think?

barndawg

6 Responses to “Thursday Night Games in Athens?”


  1. 1 Granite September 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

    1: Thursday night games are for the ACC and Big East
    2: Thursday night games are where ranked teams go to die
    3: You already answered with the congestion on campus and Friday class.

    But I won’t be opposed to playing another school on the road on a Thursday after an off week or opening the year on the road on Thursday.

  2. 2 Corbindawg September 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I agree with Granite. I would not want a home game on a Thursday. One, the economic impact on the cityof Athens would be bad.

    Thursday night games are reserved for teams that typically can’t find a good home on Saturday. With the ESPN/CBS contract, UGA can find plenty of opporutnities to get on TV wihtout having to play on Thursday.

    I wouldn’t however, be opposed playing, say Thursday at Vanderbilt, then have a bye, then play Florida the next week. Vandy gets on TV, we don’t have to worry about a short week of practice since it would be a weak opponent, and we would get a week and half to prepare for the Gators.

  3. 3 Sanford222View September 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I am in agreement with the earlier comments. I love watching these games on TV but would never want UGA to have a Thursday night home game. On the road might be nice especially if it isn’t an attractive road trip game.

  4. 4 TraumaDawg September 10, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Thursdays are for JV football.

    For additional reasons, see: Georgia Tech.

  5. 5 Dawgfan17 September 10, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Bad–While you would get UGA football earlier that week it would be that much longer until the next game which would suck.

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